Mastice & Molini

This morning, dad was working on the windows of our apartment, using mastice (window putty). The mastice helps the window panes stay in place. Mastice is like Play-Doh, but for work, not for fun. I checked it out and ended up helping him replace the mastice where it had chipped away.

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In the afternoon my mom, my dad, and I walked down to Molini di Triora and back up the mountain. There is a narrow, rocky path that goes down along the terraces. It is very steep.

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These are some of the flowers we saw on our walk:

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Molini di Triora means Mills of Triora. This is because Triora sits on a huge mountain that has rivers streaming down the sides. That means that the mills there get a lot of power. The wheat ground there is used to make Triora Bread, or pane di Triora. Of course, I don’t eat it because I am allergic to wheat and gluten (see my food section dedicated to gluten-free foods).

When we arrived in Molini, we visited first one church to see the cemetery and then another church in the village.

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In the main church, which was built around 1649, there was a glass case that held what is supposedly a relic (a bone!) from San Giovanni, displayed on a red pillow.

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Outside of the church there was a very spiky plant in an outdoor conservatory. Dad and I touched it and we didn’t scream, but mom said ‘Ooh, that’s spiky!’

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After visiting the church, we all went down to the Laghetto dei Noci and swam. The laghetto is a little lake that has a dam at the end. Two rivers collide there, forming a great swimming place. I jumped off the dam into the water and could not stop myself from screaming ‘ooh ooh oooh’ because I felt like I was being turned into a live ice cube. I personally think that that water is around 34Ā°f. After that I got some gelato and ate it on the way back up the mountain. Today was GREAT.

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7 Responses to Mastice & Molini

  1. Mary D. says:

    Beautiful Pictures Elliot! Sounds like you’re having a great time.

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  2. Terry Germann says:

    Great update. I remember how cold the water was and yet stimulating. Your writing forms pictures in my mind. Good job!

    Sent from my iPhone

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  3. Susan Germann says:

    Hi Elliot – I feel like I’m right there with you when I read your writing! I wish I would be with you!! It is so lovely to be on this journey vicariously with you! I miss you, but hope your travels continue to be fascinating and fun – Nonna

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  4. Hi Elliot, it’s Ben. Your trip is looking really cool. The church looks nice. Also,that plant looks really sharp!šŸ˜³šŸ˜³šŸ˜³šŸ”šŸ”šŸ”šŸ”šŸ”šŸ”šŸ”šŸ—šŸ—šŸ—šŸ—šŸ—šŸ—šŸ’šŸ’šŸ’šŸ’šŸ’šŸ’šŸ’šŸ’šŸ’šŸ™‰šŸ™‰šŸ™‰šŸ™‰šŸ„šŸ„šŸ„šŸ„šŸ„šŸ„šŸøšŸ„šŸ˜€šŸ˜€šŸ˜€šŸ˜€šŸ˜€šŸ˜€šŸ˜€šŸ˜ƒšŸ˜ƒšŸ˜ƒšŸ˜ƒšŸ‡®šŸ‡¹šŸ‡®šŸ‡¹šŸ‡®šŸ‡¹šŸ‡®šŸ‡¹šŸ‡®šŸ‡¹šŸ‡®šŸ‡¹šŸ‡®šŸ‡¹šŸ‡®šŸ‡¹šŸ‡®šŸ‡¹šŸ‡«šŸ‡·šŸ‡®šŸ‡¹

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  5. Hey Elliot it’s SAMMY! 2 questions 1. Why did you get cold gelato right after jumping into a freezing lake? 2. In the 5th picture, what is the altar type thing, is it like a special thing for roman gods?:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)
    TO MANY SMILEY FACES> šŸ˜¦

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    • all7in7 says:

      Hi Sammy, 1) I had already dried off and I was desperate for something to eat, so what’s better than ice cream? 2) The altar was for a saint, but I don’t remember which one.

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  6. wonderful observations Eliot. Have you read THIN PATHS – by Julia Blackburn – who met the people who lived around here 100 years ago. eat chestnuts, mushrooms and were very brave.

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